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The Master of Science in Workforce Education Leadership (WEL) is a distance education program designed to prepare professionals for employment in workforce education in postsecondary educational institutions and social services entities, advancing the knowledge base of workforce preparation, workforce development education, and professional development. The program is offered online through the Center for Distance Education.

To be eligible for admission to the program, the applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, meet the basic requirements specified for graduate students at Mississippi State University, demonstrate interest in the mission of community college and/or workforce issues, and demonstrate academic proficiency based on the following indicators: (a) grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale on the last half of the bachelor's degree, (b) three letters of reference, and (c) purpose statement.

WEL Objectives

The educational objectives of the WEL program are to prepare future professional educators to:

  • Advance the Knowledge Base of Career & Technical Education
  • Implement Efficient Concepts of Workforce Preparation & Professional Development
  • Actively Engage in Teaching, Research, & Service to Promote Workforce Policy Development & Improvement
  • Understand the Cultural & Social Factors that Impact Rural Communities

The Master of Science in the Workforce Education Leadership (WEL), consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours.

MDE Endorsement

The Mississippi Department of Education does not formally endorse the WEL program in regards to providing AA (Master) or AAAA (Doctorate) licensure for K-12 teachers. If you are a K-12 teacher interested in the WEL distance education program, please be sure to contact MDE directly regarding what is acceptable in terms of licensure.

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